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Peter Watson of South Hero, VT Wins Vermont’s Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery

Peter Watson, 49, of South Hero, VT is the lucky winner of the 2023 Vermont Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery. 

Mr. Watson will be entitled to hunt and fish in Vermont for free for the rest of his life.   He was drawn as the winner from among 18,425 Lifetime License Lottery tickets purchased in 2023.  The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department holds the drawing annually.

“The Lifetime License Lottery gives anyone, resident or nonresident, an opportunity to win a Vermont hunting and fishing license that is valid for the recipient’s lifetime,” said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Christopher Herrick.  “Even if you don’t win the license, by applying, you know you have contributed to fish and wildlife conservation in Vermont.” 

This year’s sales of the $2.00 tickets brought net sales of $36,551 to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.  These state dollars can be leveraged with federal funds to produce more than $109,500 to support the department’s mission to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.

“These funds help us to manage the state’s sportfish and game animals, protect threatened and endangered species and conserve important habitat for wildlife,” said Herrick.

A person can enter Vermont’s License of a Lifetime Lottery by adding the $2.00 entry fee when they buy their license on the Fish and Wildlife Department website at  They can also enter by applying statewide wherever Vermont hunting, fishing and trapping licenses are sold, or with a printable application available on the department website.  There is no limit on the number of times a person may enter during the year.